Sex is the distinction between males and females based on the biological differences in sexual characteristics.
Sex is a fundamental demographic characteristic used in social and population analysis. It is used to analyse most social statistics such as employment, health, and education. Collecting data on sex is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975.
While the inclusion of sex in the census is not in question, there is potentially a need for changes to the categories used. Currently there are two categories: male and, female. However, some people are born biologically intersex and some people make transitions. Although this group is small, currently they cannot represent their biological sex in this question.
Concerns have been raised about how including an intersex category would affect the quality and comparability of the sex data from the census. Defining what is meant by biologically intersex may be difficult on a self-completed form with finite space. Another potential issue is that including an intersex category may elicit false responses from some respondents.
Our current recommendations relating to sex
Collecting data on sex is required by law under the Statistics Act 1975, and will be collected in the 2018 Census.
We will do more testing and research to explore the possibility of collecting information on those who are biologically intersex.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (pages 14-15) for a more detailed discussion on sex information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the sex variable.
Poll Created Fri 29 May 2015 4:48AM
The Sex question needs to be clearer. Closed Mon 1 Jun 2015 4:08AM
There was agreement it is not clear what the census Sex question is currently asking (i.e. sex or something else like gender identity). Many people also mentioned the need to clarify what is being used to define Sex.
It needs to be clearer that the question is collecting sex (and not, for example, gender identity).
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
||Agree||100.0%||7||RS DM LM|
7 of 10 people have voted (70%)
Fri 29 May 2015 4:53AM
We need to have clearer data on the sex of New Zealanders, and the diversity of sex within NZ, to know where our gaps in service are.
Jennifer Katherine Shields
Fri 29 May 2015 5:28AM
Conditional agreement: if you're going to collect it (which I dont necessarily agree with) it needs to be clear that you're collecting sex /and/ what you mean by sex. There also needs to be options for intersex ppl.
Fri 29 May 2015 6:15AM
the proposal is not clear. Who determines one's sex? What is the definition of sex without medicalisation?
Fri 29 May 2015 9:54AM
Either ask what a person's current legal documents of identity state (M or F or X), as 1 Q AND ask about how people identify. OR ask for Sex meaning gender identity. Many people wd give same A to both Qs. Info about size of discrepancy is essential
Sun 31 May 2015 12:47AM
Seems to me that this question needs to be in two parts. One question asking for the persons biological sex (M, F, Other) and the other asking for their gender (M, F, Other).
Sun 31 May 2015 6:49AM
Agreement conditional on any clarification on the definition of sex actually being grounded in logical health reasons. i.e. Sex hormones not genitals/birth assignment.
Sun 31 May 2015 7:38AM
This must not be based on medicalisation.
Conditional agreement on there being a category that encompasses non-bnary pepole including intersex people, eg from passport/driver's licence which legally recognises non-binary
Mon 1 Jun 2015 3:48AM
I think there is a need for clearer information about biological sex (including intersex and transgendered people who have changed their sex). If the sex question is going to be broadened it needs to be clear what it is asking.
Poll Created Fri 19 Jun 2015 4:41AM
Adding 'intersex' to the 'male' and 'female' responses would allow people to answer the Sex question. Closed Wed 24 Jun 2015 4:07AM
Those who voted agreed adding 'intersex' would be helpful, but non voters commented 'intersex' was too narrow and a different or additional option would be better.
The Preliminary Views paper mentions the intersex population. However discussion in this thread has included other populations. So is adding 'intersex' (or biologically intersex or something similar) a solution ('agree'), or does the solution need to be broader than this ('disagree')?
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
2 of 5 people have voted (40%)
Sat 20 Jun 2015 1:57AM
If the anser is purely looking t biology, then that is the correct answer. However, that would not be the appropriate form by which Stats NZ correlate other data which is baed on gender.
For simplicity, YES